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Belinda Boon, MLIS, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Columbus

Introduction Video: Meet Belinda Boon, Ph.D.


Education

  • Ph.D (Library and Information Science) University of Texas at Austin (2006)
  • M.L.I.S., University of Texas at Austin (1987)
  • B.A. (English Literature), University of Texas at Austin (1983)

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University, August 2006 to present.
  • Adjunct Instructor, School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin, Summer 2005.
  • Teaching Assistant, School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2002-May 2006.
  • Independent Library Trainer/Consultant, November 2002 to present. 
  • Manager, Continuing Education and Consulting, Texas State Library & Archives Commission, May 2000-January 2003.
  • Continuing Education Consultant, Texas State Library & Archives Commission, June 1993-May2000. 
  • Director, Bastrop (TX) Public Library, July 1991-June 1993.
  • Children's Librarian/Assistant Branch Librarian, Harris Co. (TX) Public Libraries, Woodforest Branch, October 1988-July 1990.
  • Children's Librarian, Harris Co. (TX) Public Libraries, Kingwood Branch, April-October 1988.
  • Assistant Archivist (Paid Internship), The Ford Foundation, May-September 1987. 

Courses Taught by Dr. Boon

  • 60001 Access to Information
  • 60600 Foundations of Library and Information Science
  • 60608 The Public Library
  • 60614 Selection and Acquisition of Library Materials
  • 60629 Library Materials and Services for School-Age Children
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Publications

  • "Using the CREW Method to Enhance School and Public Library Collections," Journal of Access Services (July 2009)
  • "The Professional Development of Small Community Librarians in Texas: A Qualitative Study of the Female Experience," Advances in Library Administration and Organization, 26, 2008.
  • "A Helping Hand: The Importance of Mentoring in the Professional Development of Female Library Directors Working in Small Texas Communities," Rural Libraries, 27 (2) 2007.
  • "More Than Just the 'Library Lady': Archetypal Management Roles Exhibited by Librarians in Small Texas Communities," Bookmobile and Outreach Services, 10(1), 2007.
  • The CREW Method: Expanded Guidelines for Collection Evaluation and Weeding for Small and Medium-Sized Public Libraries. Texas State Library & Archives Commission, 1995.

Grants and Related Funding

  • Kent State University. "Harry Potter and the Would-Be Censors: Can the Boy-Who-Lived Enchant the Would-Be-Censors-Who-Read-His-Story?" Awarded: $3,000. Grant Period: August 2008-July 2009.
  • State Library of Ohio. "Assessing the Training and Professional Development Needs of Ohio Public Library Staff Serving Children and Youth." Awarded: $15,000. Grant Period: October 2006-July 2007.
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. "Gates Training Grant." Awarded: $200,800. Grant Period: September 2002-August 2003. (Primary Author for the Texas State Library & Archives Commission.)
Research Areas
  • Online Learning
  • Public Library Services
  • Small Community Libraries
  • Children's Services
Affiliations
  • Library Education Committee, Ohio Library Council, 2010-2014 (Chair 2013, Chair-Elect 2012)
  • LSTA Review Board, State Library of Ohio, 2009-2013.
  • Choose to Read Ohio Advisory Board, State Library of Ohio, 2009-Present.
  • Library Development Committee, Ohio Library Council, 2007-2010. 
  • Virginia Hamilton Conference Planning Committee, KSU 2007-Present.
  • Texas Library Association, District III, Secretary-Elect, 2005-2006.
  • Texas Library Association, Annual Conference Local Arrangements Committee, TLA Store Subcommittee, Chair, 2004-2005.
  • Texas Library Association, Continuing Education Providers Interest Group, Chair, 2001-2002; Councilor or Councilor at Large, 2002-2005.
  • Texas Library Association, Continuing Education and Development Committee, Chair, 1998-1999 and 1999-2000.
  • Texas Library Association, Public Library Division, Planning Committee, Chair, 1999-2000.
Belinda Boon, MLIS, Ph.D.
OFFICE
School of Library and Information Science
274 East First Avenue
OFFICE HOURS

Monday and Tuesday from 2:00 - 5:00  p.m., and by appointment. (Skype ID: belinda-boon)

CONTACT INFO
Phone: 614-291-1007
Fax: 614-291-1015
bboon1@kent.edu
COURSES TEACHING
Spring 2014
  • LIS 60001 - 001 Access To Information
  • LIS 60614 - 002 Sel And Acquis - Library Mats
  • LIS 60670 - 056 Culminating Experience
Summer 2014
  • LIS 60600 - 002 Found Library Info Science
  • LIS 60608 - 001 The Public Library
  • LIS 60670 - 056 Culminating Experience
Fall 2014
  • LIS 60001 - 003 Access To Information
  • LIS 60600 - 002 Found Library Info Science
  • LIS 60608 - 001 The Public Library
  • LIS 60614 - 001 Sel And Acquis - Library Mats
EXPERTISE